Why God Chose the “Foolishness of Preaching” to Save the Lost

An empty wooden cross“After that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Cor. 1:21).

Wow! Think about that. The majestic creations of God abound. They clearly testify of God the Creator. But through the wisdom of His handiwork, the world failed to come to know God. Neither did they come to know Him through their own wisdom. Consequently, God has chosen the “foolishness of preaching” to save the lost.

In his first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul mentions two groups who found it hard coping with God’s approach to saving the lost. One was the Jews. The other was the Greeks. Why? “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom” (verse 22). Wouldn’t you agree that we have people today who fall into these two categories as well? That is, those who require a sign, and those who seek after wisdom.

For them, the foolishness of preaching is a serious challenge. Here’s what Paul the apostle says about that: “We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness” (v. 23). You see, when the gospel is preached, those who look for a sign will be disappointed because the preaching of the cross is not based upon signs. Similarly, those who seek human wisdom will be disappointed by the preaching of the cross as well.

I remember when I moved down to Central Florida after I graduated from college. I was a young engineer working at Kennedy Space Center. During that time, I attended church with my wife. But I had no interest in Christ. The pastor at the church was so excited about preaching the gospel. But to me, it was nothing to be so passionate about. All I saw was a man old enough to be my dad getting excited about some words on a page (the Bible). Of course, that all changed after I accepted Christ as my Savior.

I believe countless churchgoers today sit in the very seat I used to. They hear the preaching of the cross. But it’s not enough. They are looking for a sign that they might believe. Or they want to be intrigued by the wisdom of men. But God has chosen the “foolishness of preaching” to save the lost. He sent His Son to die a barbaric death on the cross. Those who believe on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

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4 thoughts on “Why God Chose the “Foolishness of Preaching” to Save the Lost

  1. Sometimes we do not present the gospel the way we ought to, yet people get saved. The Lord will use anything, even our inadequate preaching to save the lost. While we should all aim to get better at presenting the gospel. the Lord still uses our inadequacies to save the lost.

    • Amen to that. I am glad that God can use us in spite of our imperfections. He has shown His ability to do that throughout biblical times. The truth is, it’s never about us but Him through us.

  2. It seems there are two kinds of people who attend church. Christians and church-goers. As you know, they are not necessarily the same. Great post, Frank!

    • The two are definitely not necessarily the same. God had countless means He could have implemented for men to believe and be saved. But He chose the preaching of the cross via flawed human vessels. It is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes.

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